Police in Edinburgh have confirmed the death of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison.
The 36-year-old’s body was discovered near South Queensferry on Thursday morning following his disappearance in the early hours of Wednesday.
His band, initially formed as a solo project in 2003, have gone from strength to strength following the release of their debut album ‘The Greys’ in 2006. Most recently, Scott Hutchison formed Mastersystem with brother Grant plus Justin and James Lockey of Editors and Minor Victories, while Robert Smith from The Cure had invited Frightened Rabbit to appear at Meltdown festival, which he is curating in London in June,
However, his mental health difficulties were never far from the surface. Speaking to Noisey last week, he described his mood as “Middling. On a day-to-day basis, I’m a solid six out of 10. I don’t know how often I can hope for much more than that. I’m drawn to negatives in life, and I dwell on them, and they consume me.”
Among the tributes paid include that of Aaron Dessner of The National, producer of 2016’s ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’, who said he was “devastated”, calling Hutchison “a dear soul and a brilliant songwriter”.
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos called his death “a terrible loss” and Stuart Braithwaite said described Hutchison as “a lovely, warm talented guy and was loved by so many people”, while Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch said: “Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome. Folks, if you are up against it, having dark thoughts, please tell someone, family, a friend or a doctor. There is always another way, though it might not seem like it.”
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